The first of the two aircrafts A320-200, purchased by NAC from French Airbus Company, landed at 4:35 local time at TIA.
The plane flew all the way from Hamburg, Germany with a transit stop in Doha, the Capital of Qatar on Saturday. It took off from Doha at 1:20 pm Nepali time today.
A special ceremony was held at TIA to welcome the newly arrived Airbus. Hindu rituals were performed at TIA with traditional band of Panchebaja.
The 158-seated national flag carrier with eight seats in business class is scheduled to make daily flights to Delhi including corporation’s other destinations.
The corporation currently possesses two ageing Boeing 757s purchased some 28 years ago as its international carrier.
According to NAC spokesperson Ram Hari Sharma, Tourism Minister Deepak Chandra Amatya accompanied by NAC Chairman Shiva Sharan Neupane, Managing Director Madan Kharel and engineers and officials from NAC and the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal were on board the plane. A total of 18 people were on the plane.
The NAC’s existing two Boeings were named as Gandaki and Karnali. The newly arrived Airbus has been named as Sagarmatha. Its registration mark will be 9NAKW.